Author Archives: Andrew Brandt

  1. Single Serving: Adna – Living

    Swedish singer-songwriter Adna may have released her debut record, Night, this past spring, but she’s already churning out material for a second: last week, she dropped “Living,” a sweeping song that’ll be on Run, Lucifer, an album she plans on delivering in the New Year. “Living,” with its reserved verses and colossal choruses, finds Adna Continue…

  2. Single Serving: Deers – Castigadas en el Granero

    As the Internet has expanded and intensified, so has the internet-goer’s need for instant gratification. For the Madrid-based band Deers, however, that luxury-turned-necessity is purely a gift: last year, the then-duo formed, quickly posted a couple tracks to SoundCloud and received a steady stream of praise. Instantly. Deers—who has since grown to a four-piece—recently recorded Continue…

  3. Single Serving: Communions – So Long Sun

    Nighttime summer anthems are enjoyable because we know that, in the summer, the blistering sun will return as quickly as it set. As fall folds into winter, however, the sun seems to be gone more than its present; we appreciate its setting less and less. Don’t fret though: Danish quartet Communions has an anecdote for Continue…

  4. Single Serving: Dirt Dress – Twelve Pictures

    “Twelve Pictures” — the latest single from LA trio Dirt Dress — is a steady march set on a solid foundation of constant drums, chant-along vocals and persistent, fuzzy guitars. But the best moments of “Twelve Pictures” occur when that dang saxophone butts in. And whether it’s the roughhousing it delivers after the first build, Continue…

  5. Single Serving: BRONCHO – Class Historian

    In a sense, power pop is simple: its just melodies and riffs—that’s it. Being able to craft catchy, succinct rock tunes, however, is a heck of a lot harder than it seems. Which is why “Class Historian,” a single from Oklahoma band BRONCHO’s Just Enough Hip to Be Woman, is so impressive. “Class Historian” is Continue…

  6. Single Serving: Panda Bear – Mr Noah

    Last night, Animal Collective comrade Noah Lennox—AKA Panda Bear—announced his next record, the wonderfully titled Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper. Paired with his announcement was the album’s first single, “Mr Noah,” a song that reminds me of AnCo’s Strawberry Jam era. As we’ve come to expect from Lennox, “Mr Noah” is a cluttered collage Continue…

  7. Single Serving: Carroll – Bad Water

    “Bad Water,” the first single from Carroll’s forthcoming debut record, recalls the dreaminess of Wild Nothing and the ease of Real Estate. Steeped in longing synths and familiar guitars, the track fits as comfortably as your favorite fall sweater and sounds as pretty as the leaves look when their colors start to run. Honestly, there’s Continue…

  8. Single Serving: Sheer Mag – What You Want

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    Sheer Mag is a spanking new band out of Philly whose music sounds like its forty years old. Their debut single, “What You Want,” is a scrappy song bolstered by fuzzy guitars and an even fuzzier vocal performance—a carefree three and a half minutes that finds the perfect balance between power and pop. While nothing Continue…

  9. Interview: Salt Cathedral

    Last month, the ever-shifting and always-working Salt Cathedral put out their latest EP, OOM VELT, a collection of songs that at once restricts their palate and broadens their sound. To celebrate the release, I chatted with founding member Nicolas Losada about his upbringing in Colombia, mixtapes and his experiences in Japan. This is an edited Continue…

  10. Single Serving: Field Report – “Marigolden”

    The best songs are the ones that unravel themselves with each repeated listen. “Marigolden,” the latest single from Field Report’s upcoming, fantastic sophomore effort, is one of those songs. Frontman Chris Porterfield told the A.V. Club the track’s title refers “to a state of sharing characteristics of a marigold, which is a brutish flower found Continue…

  11. Single Serving: Young Jesus – “G”

    Before there was Yeezus, there was—both in theory and in actuality—Young Jesus, a band that’s been bumming around the Chicago area since 2009. The five-piece quietly released their overflowing debut, Home, in 2012 and has (until now) been spending their time crafting a follow-up record, the recently-announced Growl/Decompose. “G,” an enormous, catchy tale about a Continue…

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